The Chilean people have spoken, now the government must listen

The ITF has called for the immediate end to the state of emergency in Chile, the opening of a genuine dialogue with the unions and civil society groups, and sent international solidarity to the Chilean people in their struggle against the repressive actions of the government. ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “Firstly, we need […]

October 22, 2019

TWU protests employee abuses at Qatar Airways as flights to Sydney begin (

The Transport Workers’ Union has held a protest at Sydney airport over Qatar Airways’ abuse of employees as the airline began its first flights to Sydney. Activists leafleted the public with information on Qatar Airway’s treatment of its employees, including sacking workers for minor offences and keeping them under constant surveillance. The first flights are […]

March 3, 2016

An hour with ‘His Excellency’, the controversial Qatar Airways CEO (

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker knows how to make an entrance. Arriving 30 minutes late to a press conference celebrating the launch of the carrier’s first services between Doha and Sydney on Thursday, he is introduced to the waiting media crowd as “His Excellency”. “I know that my airline is always creating a […]

TWU demands government stamp out employee abuses as first Qatar flights to Sydney begin (

The Transport Workers’ Union is demanding that the Government ensures all airlines operating in Australia abide by labour and human rights standards as the first Qatar Airways flights to Sydney begin. The call comes as aviation employees and union activists at Sydney airport leafleted the public with information on Qatar Airway’s treatment of its employees, […]

March 1, 2016

Advance notice: protest outside FC Barcelona shareholders’ meeting on Sunday

A group of airline cabin crew members will protest outside the FC Barcelona members’ meeting at Barcelona’s Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, from 09:30 on Sunday 25 October. They will be asking attendees – socios – to uphold the club’s ideals of social responsibility and fairness, and reject further sponsorship by Qatar Airways. The event […]

October 21, 2015

Qatar country with fourth highest rate of slavery: NGO (

Qatar was ranked fourth in a global ranking of countries where slavery is most prevalent, a rights group said on Monday. The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its global index that almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe, and listed Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India […]

November 20, 2014

ITF: Swazi court case ‘nakedly political’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today [22 July 2014] denounced the guilty verdicts delivered against Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu. The ITF has always maintained that their trial, on charges of contempt of court, was politically motivated and part of the same sustained government attempt to silence […]

July 23, 2014

ITF disturbed over continued human rights abuses in Swaziland

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is disturbed to hear that less than 48 hours after charges were dropped against two human rights’ defenders in Swaziland, fresh warrants have been issued for their arrests. Following a high court order, Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) lawyer Thulani Maseko and The Nation Magazine editor Bheki Makhubu were […]

April 9, 2014